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Crews with Willmar Public Works and the Minnesota Department of Transportation work Tuesday on the First Street Bridge in Willmar. The crews are performing maintenance work that will restrict motorists' use of the bridge for a few more days. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Maintenance work continues on First Street Bridge in Willmar, Minn.


WILLMAR -- Motorists driving over Willmar's First Street Bridge have been dealing with two fewer lanes to use since Monday.

That situation could continue for several more days because of maintenance by city and state workers.

"The city doesn't have a bridge crew," said T.J. Melcher, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation District 8, based in Willmar. "So we're showing city workers what to do."

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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